Written by featured author Clifford Blodgett.
As a child of the ‘80s it is hard not to get excited to see another Muppet movie coming to the theater. I remember everything from watching the syndicated The Muppet Show episodes on television to one of my first movie theater experiences when the Muppets took Manhattan in 1984. So welcoming these favorite Jim Henson characters back to the big screen and being able to take my family to revisit some of those memories was a complete treat.
The classic Henson creations of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie were brought back by a plot that included a new Muppet to the family Walter. Walter and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) are two of the biggest Muppet fans in the world. On a vacation to Los Angeles with Gary’s longtime girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), the trio visits the rundown Muppet Theater only to stumble upon the wicked oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) and his plan to tear down the theater in order to drill for oil. It is up to Walter, Gary and Mary to find Kermit and reunite the group to raise 10 million dollars to save the rundown theater.
As the group encounters each Muppet in their new career, the story develops into one that is not afraid to laugh at themselves. Funny moments include new characters like a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, meetings with television executives who say the Muppets are no longer relevant, and the “traveling by map” joke used as a tool to keep the movie plot moving along without addressing the complications of taking a group of Muppets to Paris, all keep viewers engaged and laughing.
And don’t forget the music! Muppet song favorites like the “Rainbow Connection” and “Mah Na Mah Na” are mixed in with some new fun melodies like “Are You A Man Or A Muppet?” and “Life’s A Happy Song.” And anyone who grew up watching The Muppet Show will get chills when they hear again, “It’s time to play the music, It’s time to light the lights.”
All in all, the movie is incredibly funny and heartfelt. There are a number of celebrity appearances, funny moments, and catchy tunes to keep adult and child viewers entertained. It certainly won’t disappoint the long time fan and will easily make new ones. The return of Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie is very family friendly and worth the effort to go see it on the big screen.